If they impose a magazine limit on handguns, what will happen? Will you have to surrender anything above, say, 10 rounds, or are you just banned from bringing them outside your home?
Hopyard - You really do need to read some history. In many cases during the colonial era, all men (usually over 16) were required to turn out for militia training at a regular interval. They were required to supply their own firearm, powder, and other supplies. To say that personally owned firearms had no place in securing our nation is just flat out wrong.
They will stop at nothing---constitutional or not, legal or not---to advance this anti-2A agenda. They are hell-bent on exploiting the Sandy Hook tragedy to the absolute max. "Never let a crisis go to waste" is the mantra.
Of course the men who turned out were bearing personally owned firearms. That is indisputable. The point I was making
is that the decision to have a Revolution against England was a political decision made by the lawful authorities of the various colonies and their representatives sent to Philadelphia. The decision was not made by the people as individuals.
Government was at work, and government organized the rebellion by raising money, obtaining munitions, arranging for the manufacture of such of arms and ships, floating a Navy of sorts, arranging
alliances with France, using diplomacy with the Spaniards.
The American Revolutionary war was quite a different affair from the chaotic anarchistic stuff you see now in Syria, it was organized by government and commanded top down by General Washington on instructions from a Continental Congress.
Structurally, all those guns in the hands of the hands of private soldiers and in the hands of privateers were under the control of the central government-- the Continental Congress.
The same occurred for the Civil War. Rebellion was not a bottom up thing. It was top down, led by the state
Many who post here seem to have a fanciful notion that our government is "out of control" and that we need
a bottom up revolution. That is insanity. It would not work. It is impractical, illegal, and speaking of it is the very
antithesis of adhering to whatever oath you may have taken (and most of us have) to preserve, protect, and defend,
the constitution of the United States.
IMO...........I have a feeling this has the potential for getting out of hand and not ending well.....hoping for the best for everyone.
In the 1770's there were basically two general categories of folks in what is now the US east coast.
We had those who would acquiesce to anything so long as they could live out their comfortable, for the time, life even if it meant putting up with government usurpations of rights and power. They understood that their kids and grandkids may live in a totalitarian country, but they were fine with that so long as they were not grossly inconvenienced.
We also had those who, as a matter of principle, could not abide a country sliding toward totalitarianism and would rather die stopping the slide in that direction than live with the results of their inaction. They could not conceive of their kids or grandkids living in a less than free state.
Both of these types of folks are still alive and kicking in the US today.
To the underlined...
And from me...
You do live in the same Arkansas as I do don't you???
(just south of Missouri and north of Louisiana)
And I know that there are a lot of guys around Flippin that definately know how to take care of themselves...
May be a small town, but there are thousands more just like it all over this great land.
Don't become too disheartened!!!
As far as Syria goes, that truly is a civil war, unlike our war for independence, but once again, you have it wrong. Any war is chaotic and anarchistic when it's viewed through the eyes of someone who doesn't understand it. Those people are fighting for their very lives and while there are factions and splits within the opposition, their goal is to remove the oppressive regime that currently controls their lives. However, as with our revolt against the British, history will eventually be written by the victors. Those "rebels" in Syria will only be seen as a lawless group if they lose their fight. Also it's worth mentioning the most obvious difference; very little can be paralleled between the Arab culture and the American culture. They have an entirely different world view, both macro and micro, and those differences leave little to draw any close comparisons, especially unity for a cause.
You can't say how a rebellion would look in America, but rest assured, nobody is going to expect you to fight for the rights that you currently enjoy in this country. You can keep on posting how it'll all be OK and how we should just go along with whatever the government decides is best for us. That's your prerogative and your right. Thankfully, at least for now, it's our right to ignore such talk and work towards securing the rights that we believe in. In the end, you'll take what you're given and presumably be happy, because that's all you'll be able to do. I hold my freedom and my rights more sacred than that, and taking whatever I'm left with isn't enough for me.